Legend

Legend

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In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9780399256752
039925675X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lu
Description: 305 pages ; 22 cm

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In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.


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MegMermaid
Oct 02, 2019

Pretty mediocre dystopian novel. Maybe the second is better?

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sfosteryoung
Sep 07, 2019

Amazing book lots of details and action filled sentences. I also like how many genres there is in this book. I like how there is romance and parts where one sentence can change your whole perspective.

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Banna25
Aug 29, 2019

Legend was a great book, and I really enjoyed it. In a way it is sort of similar to The Hunger Games. I would definitely read it again.

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Mathew_Fu
Jul 29, 2019

This was a really great read, but was a little slow at times. I feel like there were a lot of things that could've been added to make the plot a little more interesting and suspenseful, but this book was overall really solid. Marie Lu has a wonderful way with words and this book was a good portrayal of her writing abilities. (I still prefer The Young Elites and Warcross to it though).

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jul 05, 2019

Great book!! Very predictable which gives it suspense. 13+ June is a military prodigy and has never had a normal life. Day is a worldwide thief and lost normal long ago. When Day is framed for the murder of June's brother the two set out to find out the truth about their seemingly perfect world.

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acks
Jun 14, 2019

Very good book, although it was a bit slow at times, which is why I only gave it 4/5 stars.

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KEBaileyG
Mar 19, 2019

This was a book that I really enjoyed. I was able to get swept up in the fast-paced action. This novel switches viewpoints quite a bit. In the past, I have found this very jarring as it interrupts the reader and the flow of the story. However, I thought Lu pulled this off successfully. I wonder if this was because she did it so frequently that the reader never became too comfortable in one person's p.o.v. It also helped that the new narrator would often pick up on previous narrator's idea.

I'm not big on romance books, so its hard for me to get too excited about the traditional boy meets girl relationship, but it worked for me here. The two protagonists reminded me of Romeo and Juliette as they were star-crossed-one against the government and one for the government. That premise is exciting and interesting in itself as it hold so much innate tension.

This work is a classic example of man vs. government. The central theme illustrates how the rights of the individual can conflict with the state.

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midori_hon
Feb 10, 2019

a terrific YA dystopian novel with a romeo and juliet vibe, hard to believe this was marie lu’s debut!

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jeffs1
Feb 02, 2019

This book was pretty good. I would read it, but the sequel was better.

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black_hawk_5010
Jan 21, 2019

I liked this book a lot!

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Ravindersidhu
Dec 29, 2019

Ravindersidhu thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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book_worm_06
Dec 03, 2019

book_worm_06 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jul 05, 2019

GreenNinjaGirl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jeffs1
Feb 02, 2019

jeffs1 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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blue_dog_31717
Jan 11, 2019

blue_dog_31717 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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hfaulkner7
Feb 06, 2018

hfaulkner7 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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BudgiesNbooks
Sep 23, 2017

BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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aam04
Aug 09, 2017

aam04 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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SuperFuzzyBunny
Jul 17, 2017

SuperFuzzyBunny thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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astadt
Jan 16, 2020

"Did you set fire to a series of ten F-427 fighter jets parked at the Burbank air force base right before they were to head out to the warfront?"
"I'm kinda proud of that one."

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white_wolf_1506
Feb 09, 2019

“The boy who walks in the light”

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white_wolf_1506
Feb 09, 2019

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl's fallen in love with the Republic's most famous criminal.”

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MeteaGR
Aug 28, 2016

“The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his
words.”

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jmli
Aug 07, 2016

"Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time."

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genius_girl
Jul 26, 2016

"You try to walk in the light."
-Day

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

"You're brilliant, but you're a fool to stay with someone like me."

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karenlucero
Jul 10, 2016

"June has never looked more beautiful than she does now, unadorned and honest, vulnerable yet invincible."

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tk28281
Jun 25, 2016

"I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.”

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BookNerdoftheWorld
Oct 03, 2015

Why? You afraid of me or something? Only brave enough to shoot people' s mothers? Page 218 ( could'nt write all of it but those 2 pages were good)

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NeverEndingCycle
Dec 27, 2014

Violence: Some shooting, and very little kissing

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deannamt
Aug 13, 2014

Violence: Some shooting but doesn't describe and BTW there is onlt like 2 or 3 kisses

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sewong
Jan 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: just hanging of the cliff scenes

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sewong
Jan 21, 2014

Sexual Content: toooooooooo much kissing

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sewong
Jan 21, 2014

Violence: guns and bullets and knives and stuff like that. also FYI people die

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: A lot of kissing.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: violence but nothing worse than :he got shot in the head blood flowed down the wound

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Mahala
Feb 27, 2012

Violence: Fighting, blood shed, violence

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jmli
Aug 13, 2016

A rich-sector girl—June Iparis—and a poor-sector boy—Day Wing—cross paths, as the boy is framed for the murder of the girl's brother.

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Simone121
Jun 24, 2015

June and Day are 15 years old and living in The Republic, which is at war with the Patriots and the Colonies. June is a prodigy with a perfect score on her trial, and is on her way to becoming a wealthy soldier, even though she likes to cause a bit of trouble. Day on the other hand failed his trial, and he lives on the street with a girl named Tess as one of the most "annoying" criminals. Their lives have no reason to cross, until June's older brother is killed and Day becomes the prime suspect in the case. June is given the mission of hunting Day down. But, when June finally meets Day, the situation takes a different turn, and they uncover the truth of who really killed June's brother, and to what lengths the republic will go to in order to keep it's secrets.

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BieberFever108
Oct 18, 2012

Legend is a book about a post-apocalyptic world with a ruthless government( the Republic). The government wants to separate the strong from the weak so they have every kid take a Trial to see if they are good to keep around. It follows two 15 year olds who are on different sides. One is a girl named June who is a Trial and Military Prodigy and who's brother has been recently murdered. The other is a Boy who is on the run. He causes trouble with the Republic and is Wanted. In the end they find that they are working together for the same thing.

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Mahala
Feb 27, 2012

Legend tells the story of a two remarkable 15-year-olds, Day and June, living on West cost of the United States now known as The Republic. This book instantly reminded me of Aladdin because Day is from a very poor area of The Republic and steals from the rich to help out his family and community. June on the other hand, has grown up in one of the wealthiest areas and has everything she could ask for and a secure future. Their paths suddenly cross after June's brother is murdered during a hospital break-in attempt by Day. The Republic's military uses June's thirst for revenge and has her track Day and bring him to justice. However, June soon finds out her safe world has not been what it appeared to be at all.

In 2130, the Republic rules the western part of post-apocalyptic America and grooms their most promising young into soldiers. One of their elite is fifteen-year-old June, a military prodigy and the only person to score a perfect 1500 at the Trials. On the opposite side of town, fifteen-year-old Day lives on the streets and fights injustice on his own terms. His remarkable ability to make the Republic look bad has landed him on the Republic’s most wanted list. When a new strain of the plague appears, Day’s brother is infected and his family is quarantined. Since only the privileged can afford the luxury of medicine, Day’s family has no choice but to let the plague take its course. In a desperate attempt to secure a vial of the vaccine for his younger brother, Day breaks into the laboratory at the local hospital. However, things go terrible wrong and Day is pursued by Republic Captain Iparis, June’s brother. When Captain Iparis is found dead, Day is the prime suspect. Vowing to bring her brother’s killer to justice, June plans a covert operation to flush out Day. While undercover, June meets a mysterious young man who saves her from an enraged mob of gamblers. As she discovers his true identity and the Republic’s dark secrets, June must make a decision that will change her life forever.

Grades 8-12, 305 pages

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